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Schofield believes Molyneux's confidence will soar after Swindon brace

12 February 2023


Schofield believes Molyneux's confidence will soar after Swindon brace

12 February 2023

Danny Schofield believes Luke Molyneux’s first two goals for Rovers have the power to rapidly grow his confidence in the final third.

The winger ended his search for a first goal for the club at 27 matches after netting at Swindon Town on Saturday - and repeating the feat again two minutes later.

And head coach Schofield has backed Molyneux to push on further in the coming weeks.

Schofield on back-to-back wins:

“I’m really pleased with the last two performances. To get two wins and two clean sheets is credit to the effort the players are putting in.”

On how the game played out:

“I think we controlled a lot of the game. We didn’t have a lot of the ball but I think with all that Swindon had, we controlled where we wanted them to put the ball and that is down to a collective effort.

“They were two outstanding finishes from Luke Molyneux. We know he’s capable of that. They were his first two goals for the club and hopefully that will give him a lot of confidence and belief going forward.”

On Molyneux’s second goal:

“I thought it was excellent movement from George Miller in the back of the defender. He took his time and then he played a pass that told Luke to just hit it. We speak about it a lot, the weight of passes to arrive and finish things first time. That’s what happened and he fully deserved those two goals.

“It’s a strange one because you don’t know how much to mention things - like come on Molly, you need a goal so let’s do extra training, let’s do extra finishing sessions. That can almost build up the doubt rather than just coming away from it, letting him be free and just play.

“That’s what we’ve done over the last few weeks but it’s all down to him for persevering. It’s football and hopefully those two goals can take his confidence to a new level.”

On ‘turning a corner’:

“I think so. Some performances have been really positive and we’ve followed it up with not so good results. We just need to be consistent with our performances. We speak about belief and a togetherness first and foremost as well as trying to win the fundamental things first that will allow us to play our game of football. We’re just looking for that and consistency and hopefully we can gain a lot of confidence from the last two games.”

On where the game ranks in his time so far at the club:

“I think result-wise, it’s right up there. Coming away to a Swindon team who are very good, they’ve got some very good players and play the game in a certain way.

“Defensively, the performance was very good. Can we be better with the ball? I think so. Can we make better decisions? I think so.

“But I can’t fault the lads’ effort, application, the way they implemented the game plan, particularly in defence.”

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